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Vegas has a pretty good feeling about the Bengals

The Bengals are still more than three weeks away from the beginning of training camp, but some of the fine folks in Las Vegas aren’t waiting to make predictions about NFL teams and they kind of like Cincinnati. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook is putting the over-under on the Bengals’ regular season win total at 8.5, leaving bettors to either take the over -- which means that...
No easy answer to Browns’ quarterback situation

No easy answer to Browns’ quarterback situation

ESPN’s Pat McManamon polled fellow AFC North reporters about how they would handle Cleveland’s quarterback conundrum. As you’d expect, there wasn’t a consensus.  The debate focuses on a trio of signal callers. Brock Osweiler, acquired in a salary dump from Houston, was terrible in 2016, but is the lone veteran option. Second-year pass Cody Kessler was acceptable in his...
Two Browns picked among top 50 NFL players who shouldn’t be traded

Two Browns picked among top 50 NFL players who shouldn’t be traded

The Browns did a complete teardown a year ago. It resulted in a 1-15 campaign, but also clinched Cleveland the No. 1 pick.  Defensive end Myles Garrett, the reward for such a disparaging season, is one of the most valuable assets in the NFL. He and veteran tackle Joe Thomas were ranked on NFL Spin Zone’s top 50 most untradeable players list. Thomas, an elite left tackle for the last...
Browns, Bengals offensive lines on different spectrums

Browns, Bengals offensive lines on different spectrums

The Browns’ and Bengals’ offensive lines couldn’t be much different.  One is arguably the league’s best on paper, the other is a work in progress. One is the result of a spending spree, the other was victimized by free agency. Pro Football Focus ranked the NFL’s offensive lines heading into the 2017 season. The Browns came in second, while the Bengals sank to 31st...
Browns’ Joe Thomas ranked NFL’s second-best pass blocker

Browns’ Joe Thomas ranked NFL’s second-best pass blocker

Joe Thomas dominating isn’t exactly news to Browns fans (or the NFL), but Pro Football Focus has a stat to quantify it. Thomas has been the second most efficient pass blocker in the league since 2012, scoring a 97 rating from PFF. Andrew Whitworth, former Bengal and current Ram, ranks first at 97.6. PFF said the stat “measures pressure allowed on per snap basis with weighting towards sacks...
Scary sight for the Browns: No. 1 pick Garrett limping off the field

Scary sight for the Browns: No. 1 pick Garrett limping off the field

Myles Garrett limped off the field Wednesday, a scary sight for the Cleveland Browns. The No. 1 overall draft pick sustained an injury to his left foot late in practice while rushing quarterback Brock Osweiler during a two-minute drill. The severity of the injury is not yet known, and the Browns are hoping it’s not serious. Garrett, who missed time earlier this spring with an unspecified injury...
Browns sign first-round pick Garrett

Browns sign first-round pick Garrett

The Browns today announced the signing of first-round pick Myles Garrett. Garrett, the No. 1 overall pick in last month’s NFL Draft, was a two-time, All-American defensive end at Texas A&M. In 34 college games, he totaled 31 sacks. The Browns have signed six of their 10 draft picks.
Cleveland Browns fourth-round pick could miss season

Cleveland Browns fourth-round pick could miss season

Browns fourth-round draft pick Howard Wilson, a cornerback from the University of Houston, broke his kneecap in practice Friday, will undergo surgery soon and could miss the season. “It’s disappointing but this is part of playing football,’’ Wilson said in a statement released by the Browns. “It was kind of a freak thing. I was just running around and my knee just kind...
Report: Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon's bid for reinstatement denied by NFL

Report: Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon's bid for reinstatement denied by NFL

Cleveland Browns fans who remember Josh Gordon probably still won’t get to see him on the field in 2017. USA Today reports the All-Pro receiver’s bid for reinstatement from a suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy has been denied by the NFL.  Per the report, the 26-year-old can reapply for reinstatement this fall. Gordon last played in an NFL game in 2014...
Day 3 NFL Draft tracker for Cleveland Browns

Day 3 NFL Draft tracker for Cleveland Browns

The Browns selected N.C. State running back Matt Dayes with their second seventh-round pick. The Browns took Arizona State kicker Zane Gonzalez with their first of two picks in the seventh round. A Lou Groza Award finalist as a senior, Gonzalez is the FBS career record holder with 96 field goals. His 494 points also are a FBS record, as are his six games with at least four field goals, three field...
NFL Draft: Browns get their quarterback in second round

NFL Draft: Browns get their quarterback in second round

Just when some thought the Cleveland Browns had decided to delay their seemingly endless quarterback search, they selected Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer on Friday in the second round of the NFL Draft with the No. 52 overall pick. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Toledo native battled through coaching issues last season to complete 212 of his 361 attempts for 2,925 yards and 26 touchdowns against nine...
Browns take Garrett No. 1, add Michigan’s Peppers, TE in first round

Browns take Garrett No. 1, add Michigan’s Peppers, TE in first round

The Cleveland Browns did what everyone expected them to with the first pick in the NFL Draft, selecting Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett. The 6-foot-4, 272-pound Garrett is the first player from Texas A&M to be the top overall pick. He was a three-year starter for the Aggies, recording double-digit sacks all three years for a career total of 36. Garrett is the sixth defensive lineman the Browns...
Big night for Bengals, Browns, Buckeyes about to begin

Big night for Bengals, Browns, Buckeyes about to begin

The Cincinnati Bengals will kick off their 50th season tonight when the NFL Draft begins at 8 p.m. The Bengals own the ninth pick, which means they should be drafting the 625th player in franchise history sometime between 9:15 and 9:30. The Cleveland Browns will kick off the festivities with the No. 1 overall pick, and then they will turn around and pick again at 12. We’ll have updates every...
5 things to know about Ohio State’s potential NFL draft picks

5 things to know about Ohio State’s potential NFL draft picks

Ohio State football doesn’t figure to match last year’s showing at the NFL draft, but it is shaping up to be another year for Urban Meyer and his coaching staff to crow about.  Here is what you want to know ahead of the 2017 draft in Philadelphia:  1. Pro Football Focus has seven Buckeyes in its top 300 prospects: Marshon Lattimore, Malik Hooker, Gareon Conley, Curtis Samuel...
Sports Today: NFL draft day thoughts on the Bengals, Browns and Buckeyes 

Sports Today: NFL draft day thoughts on the Bengals, Browns and Buckeyes 

Welcome to NFL draft day!  The league’s nefarious plot to make us care about football year round continues to be a success, and no, I’m not complaining.  The first draft item to run across my feed this morning was about the Cleveland Browns considering taking second-round talent Mitch Trubisky with the No. 1 overall pick.  Will Less-Experienced Andy Dalton pan out for the...
Sports Today: Scooter driving Reds, Browns consider wasting top pick, Dayton Flyers recruiting news

Sports Today: Scooter driving Reds, Browns consider wasting top pick, Dayton Flyers recruiting news

That’s three wins in a row for the first-place Cincinnati Reds, who took a one-run lead three times in Pittsburgh last night then pulled away late en route to a 6-2 win over the Pirates.  Scooter Gennett’s three-run homer in the eighth inning gave the Reds some breathing room, but Bryan Price left nothing to chance.  He lifted Blake Wood with one out in the eighth and called...
Browns preseason schedule includes Monday night game

Browns preseason schedule includes Monday night game

The Cleveland Browns on Monday released their 2017 preseason schedule, which includes a nationally televised home game on Monday Night Football. The Browns open the preseason at home the weekend of Aug. 10-14 against New Orleans, followed by the Monday night game against the New York Giants on Aug. 21. The final two games are on the road, at Tampa Bay the weekend of Aug. 24-27, and at Chicago the...
Browns sign kicker

Browns sign kicker

The Cleveland Browns on Monday signed kicker Brett Maher. Originally signed as an undrafted college free by the New York Jets in 2013, Maher is officially entering his first NFL season. The University of Nebraska product also has spent time on the Dallas Cowboys roster. Maher spent the last three seasons playing in the CFL with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Ottawa Redblacks and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats...
Former Buckeye, Brown Terrelle Pryor signs with Redskins

Former Buckeye, Brown Terrelle Pryor signs with Redskins

Free agent wide receiver Terrelle Pryor has signed with the Washington Redskins after two seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Pryor, a former Ohio State standout, caught 77 passes for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns with the Browns last season, his first full campaign as a wide receiver. The Browns on Thursday signed free agent wide receiver Kenny Britt.
Browns release quarterback Robert Griffin III

Browns release quarterback Robert Griffin III

The Cleveland Browns released Robert Griffin III today. Griffin started just five games in his one season in Cleveland because of injuries. He was due to make a $750,000 roster bonus on Saturday, according to cleveland.com. On Thursday, the Browns landed Texans QB Brock Osweiler and second-round draft pick in a trade.
Sports Today: Bengals rocked, Browns rolling, Ohio State speaks and basketball, basketball, basketball

Sports Today: Bengals rocked, Browns rolling, Ohio State speaks and basketball, basketball, basketball

So, NFL free agency officially started yesterday, and it was pretty much a disaster for the Cincinnati Bengals.  The possibility of losing guard Kevin Zeitler in free agency was always there, but I think most people expected them to at least keep tackle Andrew Whitworth.  They’re both gone, and the offensive line that was shaky to begin with is currently in shambles. Barring a big...
Report: Browns land QB Osweiler in trade with Texans

Report: Browns land QB Osweiler in trade with Texans

The Cleveland Browns have acquired quarterback Brock Osweiler in a trade with the Houston Texans, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Osweiler was one of the biggest free-agent signings a year ago when he agreed to a four-year, $72 million deal with Houston, but the Texans benched him for the final two games of the season after he threw 26 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. In addition...
Report: Zeitler signs record-breaking deal with Browns

Report: Zeitler signs record-breaking deal with Browns

First Andrew Whitworth, and now Kevin Zeitler. ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Zeitler is leaving the Cincinnati Bengals to sign a record-breaking deal with the Cleveland Browns worth $60 m million over five years. Earlier Thursday it was reported that Bengals left tackle Whitworth is signing a three-year deal with the Los Angeles Rams. Free-agent deals cannot be officially announced...
Browns to sign Bitonio to extension; signing center from Packers

Browns to sign Bitonio to extension; signing center from Packers

The Browns are signing guard Joel Bitonio to a contract extension, according to multiple reports. Bitonio, 25, played in only five games for the Browns in 2016 because of a foot injury. The 2017 season would have been the final year of his four-year rookie deal with the Browns. Bitonio was a second-round pick in 2014. The Browns also are reportedly signing center J.C. Tretter, who spent the last four...
Report: Browns sign free agent wide receiver

Report: Browns sign free agent wide receiver

The Cleveland Browns will sign wide receiver Kenny Britt to a four-year, $32.5 million deal, according to cleveland.com . Britt had 68 receptions for 1,002 yards and five TDs last season with the Rams. Britt spent his first six seasons in the league with the Titans. The Browns reportedly are still hoping to sign wide receiver Terrelle Pryor to a new deal. The new NFL season...
Sports Today: Terrelle Pryor, Joe Mixon, Ohio State spring football, more Reds wins and Archie Miller’s nerves

Sports Today: Terrelle Pryor, Joe Mixon, Ohio State spring football, more Reds wins and Archie Miller’s nerves

The Cleveland Browns are in a quandary over what to do with Terrelle Pryor.  The former Ohio State quarterback had a breakout season as a receiver in 2016, and aside from that being five years after he entered the league, it was pretty good timing.  He’s a free agent now ready to cash in. There have been indications he wants to do that in Cleveland, but are the Browns willing to pay...
Bengals, Browns reportedly among 4 to meet with Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon

Bengals, Browns reportedly among 4 to meet with Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon

The Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns are among teams who could be interested in controversial Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon. ESPN reports Ohio’s NFL teams were joined by the Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints as teams that met privately with Mixon on Tuesday night in Norman prior to his Pro Day, which is scheduled for today.  Mixon ran for over 2,000 yards in two seasons on the...
Myles Garrett part of ‘dream scenario’ for Cleveland Browns

Myles Garrett part of ‘dream scenario’ for Cleveland Browns

Myles Garrett seems to have sealed his future as the draft’s No. 1 overall pick with his performance at the NFL combine. Garrett’s extraordinary workout and individual interview with the Cleveland Browns “pretty much clinched their decision” to take him with the top pick, according to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot. That would be part of...
Dayton natives at Combine share same rooting interest

Dayton natives at Combine share same rooting interest

Chunky Clements and Ifeadi Odenigbo have more in common other than unusual first names and being the only two Dayton natives at the NFL Combine. Despite growing up in Cincinnati Bengals territory, both players cast their loyalty to a team far from home, the San Diego Chargers. “I remember watching LaDainian Tomlinson just run that rock in the seventh or eighth grade, and I was like, ‘Dude...
OSU’s Samuel working at receiver at Combine

OSU’s Samuel working at receiver at Combine

Curtis Samuel didn’t have a decision to make. It was made for him. The Ohio State running back is working with the wide receivers this week at the NFL Combine. “The NFL chose what position they wanted me to play,” Samuel said. “It didn’t really matter to me whether it was running back or receiver. I definitely have to show them that I can run good routes and also catch...
Trubisky hits mark for Browns

Trubisky hits mark for Browns

North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky put up a big number Thursday that registered a loud ping on the Cleveland Browns radar. Trubisky measured at 6-foot-2 1/8 at the NFL Combine, eclipsing a magic mark in the mind of Browns head coach Hue Jackson. “We all have a profile for what we like a quarterback to be,” Jackson said. “I like a guy that’s a little taller.” What...
Bengals find out spending limit as NFL sets 2017 salary cap

Bengals find out spending limit as NFL sets 2017 salary cap

The NFL announced Wednesday the salary cap for the 2017 season will be $167 million, up $13 million from last year. The Cincinnati Bengals, according to spotrac.com, have $131.7 million invested in 2017 salaries and approximately $6 million they can roll over from last year, leaving the team with nearly $41 million to work with when trying to re-sign their 16 free agents and those from other teams...
Browns Josh Gordon to apply for reinstatement

Browns Josh Gordon to apply for reinstatement

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is applying for reinstatement again, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Schefter quoted Gordon’s business manager, Michael Johnson, in his report. “Josh is living with me and is in the best place mentally that he has been in dating back years before entering the NFL,” Johnson said. “He has taken the proper steps...
Cleveland Browns release veteran receiver

Cleveland Browns release veteran receiver

The Cleveland Browns have released wide receiver Andrew Hawkins. Hawkins, 30, spent the last three seasons in Cleveland after three seasons in Cincinnati. “It’s tough to say goodbye to men like Hawk, that have done everything you’ve asked of them and gone above and beyond when it comes to leadership,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said. “Hawk was a rock for us last season...
An interesting explanation for the NFL’s ratings decline

An interesting explanation for the NFL’s ratings decline

Remember how everyone was worried for months about the NFL’s declining ratings? Seemed like that was a storyline from September through January, though maybe it’s something we in the media worry about more than the average fan. In which case you are forgiven for tuning it all out. But for those curious about just what happened, here is an interesting explanation you might not have seen...
Mock Draft 1.0: Who will the Bengals, Browns take in the first round?

Mock Draft 1.0: Who will the Bengals, Browns take in the first round?

With the Super Bowl in the rear-view mirror, the speculative season begins, and nothing says speculation like mock drafts. Especially when teams haven’t even started to shape their 2017 rosters through free agency, the start of which is still more than a week away. And some of the players considered top prospects could bomb at the Combine, while other less heralded athletes could rocket up draft...
The ‘Cleveland Browns’ didn’t really fire Bill Belichick

The ‘Cleveland Browns’ didn’t really fire Bill Belichick

Let’s face it: The Browns do a lot of dumb stuff. The current franchise has pretty much been a disaster since returning pro football to Cleveland in 1999. But at least these Browns didn’t fire Bill Belichick, the Patriots’ five-time Super Bowl-winning coach. That dubious deed was done by the team that currently plays in Baltimore, as noted in the story by the Associated...
8 Buckeyes invited to NFL Combine

8 Buckeyes invited to NFL Combine

The NFL released the official list of NFL Combine invites Wednesday, and it includes eight Ohio State Buckeyes. Wide receiver Noah Brown, cornerback Gareon Conley, center Pat Elfein, safety Malik Hooker, punter Cameron Johnston, safety Marshon Lattimore, linebacker Raekwon McMillan and running back Curtis Samuel will represent OSU when the Combine gets underway Feb. 28 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis...
Could the Browns be headed for Hard Knocks?

Could the Browns be headed for Hard Knocks?

The Cleveland Browns are one of eight teams the NFL can force to participate in this season’s Hard Knocks, the award-winning HBO series that chronicles a team from the start of training camp until final cutdown day. Twenty-four of the 32 teams in the league can opt out of participating this year based on a resolution league owners passed in 2013, which makes teams exempt if they meet one of...
Projected top pick prays for Cowboys trade to avoid Cleveland Browns

Projected top pick prays for Cowboys trade to avoid Cleveland Browns

Myles Garrett, the Texas A&M defensive end and projected top pick for the Cleveland Browns in the 2017 NFL draft, is begging for divine intervention. Or at least Jerry Jones’ intervention. Garrett filmed a video of himself begging on his knees with his hands clasped for his favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys, to trade for the Browns No. 1 pick so he doesn’t have to play in Cleveland. In...
Cleveland Browns claim Ohio State alum Tyvis Powell

Cleveland Browns claim Ohio State alum Tyvis Powell

Cleveland Browns claim Ohio State alum Tyvis Powell Tyvis Powell is coming home. The former Ohio State safety was claimed off waivers from Seattle by the Cleveland Browns on Monday. Powell, a Bedford native, played eight games as a rookie for the Seahawks this past season after being signed as a free agent. He started at safety for the 2014 national champion Buckeyes and was one of team’s most...
Joe Thomas has thoughts on who Browns should take No. 1 in the NFL draft

Joe Thomas has thoughts on who Browns should take No. 1 in the NFL draft

Joe Thomas has been with the Browns long enough to be a de facto member of the front office.  Shoot, maybe they should just give him the team because it’s unlikely any member of the organization has done their job as well for as long as he has.  Here’s a test of the long-time left tackle’s football knowledge: He wants the Browns to draft someone he would block instead of...
Johnny Manziel: Reports of super-sized Super Bowl selfie prices false

Johnny Manziel: Reports of super-sized Super Bowl selfie prices false

Johnny Manziel wants to set the record straight apparently. After reports made the rounds he will be at the Super Bowl next month in Houston signing autographs and charging exorbitant fees for the opportunity to take pictures with him, the former Browns quarterback took to Twitter to give his side of the story.  Manziel is a native Texan who won the Heisman Trophy at Texas A&M. Controversy...
Early mock draft has Bengals, Browns making similar early picks

Early mock draft has Bengals, Browns making similar early picks

After an epic finish to the national championship game, college football season is over. So naturally it’s time to talk more football. RELATED: 7 can’t-miss moments from Clemson’s win over Alabama Although mock drafts — particularly early January mock drafts — should all be taken with a grain of salt, it’s still fun to speculate how things might shake out, right?...
7 things to know about NFL Wild Card Weekend

7 things to know about NFL Wild Card Weekend

The march to Super Bowl LI begins its next phase this weekend with the NFL Wildcard Weekend. Here’s what you need to know as pro football’s playoffs kick off Saturday and Sunday: ABC will have the game, which kicks at 4:35 EST and will feature a pair of unexpected starting quarterbacks. Back in the playoffs for the first time since 2002, the Raiders will have to rely on third-string rookie...
Where do the Bengals, Browns pick in first round of NFL Draft?

Where do the Bengals, Browns pick in first round of NFL Draft?

The Bengals’ 27-10 win against the Ravens on Sunday dropped the Bengals from the No. 8 spot in April’s NFL Draft to No. 9. Cincinnati entered the day 5-9-1 while Carolina was 6-9. The Bengals won to improve to 6-9-1 while the Panthers lost to Tampa Bay to fall to 6-10. RELATED: Burkhead carries Bengals past Ravens in finale It’s the highest the Bengals...
What NFL Week 17 means for playoffs, Bengals/Browns draft positions

What NFL Week 17 means for playoffs, Bengals/Browns draft positions

We have reached the final week of the NFL regular season, and believe it or not there is one team that has ever called Ohio home still in the running for the playoffs. Both teams are out of the playoffs. Cincinnati could still pick as high as seventh in the draft or as low as 11th. Baltimore’s range is even larger as the Ravens could end up anywhere from 12th to 20th. Pittsburgh has already...
Sports Today: 2 Reds positives, Browns QB talk, another Buckeye could be a Bengals fit and more 

Sports Today: 2 Reds positives, Browns QB talk, another Buckeye could be a Bengals fit and more 

Reds win! Reds win! Reds win!  OK, normally this is not headline news in March, but in this case one has indeed belonged to the Reds for the first time.  (We may be heading into a season in which positives are few and far between, so just roll with it…)  The Cincinnati 9 beat the Chicago Cubs 6-2 yesterday to improve to 1-6 on the spring.  Far more significant: Amir Garrett...
Sports Today: NFL combine, Ohio State buzzer-beater, NBA developments and local gems galore 

Sports Today: NFL combine, Ohio State buzzer-beater, NBA developments and local gems galore 

Welcome to NFL Combine week!  (The annual event actually overlaps two weeks, but this is easier shorthand, OK?) There are lots of storylines, starting today when many of the league’s coaches and personnel staffers meet with reporters to talk about the state of their teams.  This draft year already includes a lot of intrigue around the quarterbacks, who seem to be going through...
Johnny Manziel has Twitter advice for President Donald Trump

Johnny Manziel has Twitter advice for President Donald Trump

Johnny Manziel is back on the scene not just in time for the Super Bowl but also to help out our 45th president as he settles into the Oval Office.  The former Browns quarterback offered some important social media advice for President Donald J. Trump on Monday.  “Yo @POTUS even I know to stay away from the notifications section on twitter. (Expletive) will drive you crazy, lead the...
Fans raise enough money for Browns ‘0-16’ parade

Fans raise enough money for Browns ‘0-16’ parade

If the Cleveland Browns can finish off a historic season, should the town and its fans celebrate? That is the question percolating in northeast Ohio these days. At least cost won’t be a problem. A GoFundMe started to raise $1,999 to cover the costs of putting on a parade in honor of the once-proud franchise going 0-16 (if it loses its last two games) has far surpassed that goal. It is already...
7 things to know for NFL Week 15: Bengals-Steelers, Browns-Bills, etc.

7 things to know for NFL Week 15: Bengals-Steelers, Browns-Bills, etc.

Week 15 of the NFL season is upon us.  Here are the things you’ll want to watch for around the league, starting in Cincinnati with the Bengals against the Steelers. Cincinnati enters the weekend in third place in the AFC North, but the Bengals could still improbably win the division if they beat the Steelers this week, the Texans next week and the Ravens in Week 17. Of course, the Steelers...
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